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WSO2 Launches New Middleware Services for Creating and Composing SOA Services in the Cloud


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WSO2 announced the launch of three cloud middleware services for creating and composing enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA) services and composite applications. Based on middleware products from the award-winning open source WSO2 Carbon middleware platform, they provide proven technology for delivering enterprise services on a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud.

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The three cloud middleware services include:

WSO2 Application Server as a Service, based on the WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSO2 WSAS), provides a secure, transactional and reliable runtime to create, consume, deploy and manage Web services and Web applications for an SOA.

WSO2 Data as a Service, based on the WSO2 Data Services Server (WSO2 DSS), allows enterprise data to be easily exposed and managed as WS-* style Web services and REST-style Web resources.

WSO2 Mashups as a Service, based on the WSO2 Mashup Server, lets developers bring the simplicity and richness of mashups to their enterprise-class Web services.

The three middleware services can be used on WSO2’s hosted infrastructure, within a private cloud, or in a hosted private cloud such as Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud.

“Commercial software as a service solutions (SaaS) offer agility and cost-savings, but enterprises compete on the proprietary knowledge and processes managed by their in-house applications,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “Our WSO2 Application Server as a Service, WSO2 Data as a Service, and WSO2 Mashups as a Service, offer businesses the best of both worlds through the ability to deliver customized in-house SaaS applications.”

Services Bring Benefits of WSO2 Stratos 1.0 Platform

WSO2 Application Server as a Service, WSO2 Data as a Service, and WSO2 Mashups as a Service are part of the WSO2 Stratos 1.0 platform as a service (PaaS), which also launched today. The open source WSO2 Stratos is the industry’s first complete cloud middleware platform for implementing an enterprise SOA. WSO2 Stratos extends WSO2 Carbon, the award-winning, OSGi-compliant enterprise middleware platform. [For more detail, see WSO2 Stratos 1.0 press release also dated November 15, 2010.]

The three WSO2 middleware services offer all the benefits of the cloud without the complexity or fear of vendor lock-in. First, the automated, integrated and highly scalable infrastructure translates into shorter project times. Second, multi-tenancy means applications managed by different business units or regional offices can be delivered cost-effectively from a single location. Third, multi-tenancy, metering and auto-scaling reduce costs by optimizing data center utilization and letting tenants pay only for what they use. Fourth, built-in automated governance facilities control over applications and services across different tenants. Finally, because they are based on WSO2 Carbon middleware products and WSO2 Stratos, the three services allow applications to be migrated smoothly and safely—on premise, to a private cloud, to the public cloud, or to a hybrid environment—for unprecedented deployment flexibility.

All three WSO2 middleware services also take advantage of WSO2 Carbon Studio, the fully open source Eclipse-based integrated developer environment (IDE). Launched in October 2010, WSO2 Carbon Studio provides a new level of ease in building SOA and composite applications based on WSO2 Carbon and WSO2 Stratos.

WSO2 Application Server as a Service

WSO2 Application Server as a Service, based on WSO2 WSAS, supports the full XML-based WS-* stack and REST in a simple, lightweight model that makes it easier to develop, deploy, manage and monitor Web services. The completely open source, enterprise-ready service is based on Apache Axis2, one of the world’s fastest Java Web services engines, and it offers features to enable clustering and high availability. The WSO2 Application Server as a Service also runs Web applications build on Apache Tomcat.

WSO2 Data as a Service

WSO2 Data as a Service, based on WSO2 DSS, enables anyone with a knowledge of the industry-standard SQL language to quickly create powerful data services that can be shared and accessed across the network. It supports access to data stored in relational databases such as Oracle, MySQL and IBM DB2 (virtually any database accessible via JDBC), as well as the comma-separated values (CSV) file format, and Excel and Google Docs spreadsheets.

WSO2 Mashups as a Service

WSO2 Mashups as a Service, based on WSO2 Mashup Server, provides a platform for rapidly deploying Web service Mashups using JavaScript. Oriented toward developers, it combines the simplicity and richness of mashups with the reusability, security, reliability and governance required for an SOA. It also connects Web Services to humans through such resources as Web pages, gadgets, feeds, instant messages and email.

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